In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas. This giant flagship campus – once slow to integrate – is now among the most diverse the country. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) by Justin PopeAP Education Writer In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity — race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this month, the court is widely expected to roll back that decision. Such an outcome would shift attention more toward a less constitutionally controversial practice: giving a boost to socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of race. If that happens, it would reflect more than just a more conservative makeup of the justices. Over the last decade, clogged social mobility and rising economic inequality have shifted the conversation on campuses and in the country as a whole. As a barrier to opportunity, class is getting more attention, while race is fading.
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NEW SENTENCE–This photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Corrections shows Kuntrell Jackson who was sentenced to life in prison when he was 14 after the shooting death of a store clerk during an attempted robbery in 1999. (AP Photo/Arkansas Department of Corrections) by Jeanne Nuss Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 14 years old deserves a new sentencing hearing, Arkansas’ highest court ruled Thursday.
SPEAKS AT DUQUESNE–Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife Virginia Thomas in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) by Kevin Begos PITTSBURGH (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday he is heartbroken over the persistent poverty and social troubles among many Black communities but has no answers on how to solve these problems.
Congressman John Lewis by Victor Trammell (blackbluedog.com)–It can go without saying that Congressman John Lewis, (D) Georgia, is a legendary hero of the centuries-old…